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Which pdf??


Have you tried the help files?  Press F1 in paint.net to go online and see the documentation.

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I downloaded this: PDNTuts.pdf and it won't open.


I assume you are referring to Simon Brown's "Download 12 tutorials in a single PDF".


You can view that PDF here:



However, his pdf file is not a guide for the basic functions of the paint.net program. You'll want to use the link that Ego Eram Reputo gave to you in the post above.


Unless there is some resource out there that I'm not aware of, this is the best we can do at the moment. Perhaps someday Rick will put the official documentation under a permissive license, and then we'll be able to make a PDF copy out of it. Perhaps not; it's his prerogative. Personally, I would like to see it under the 'GNU Free Documentation License' or a 'Creative Commons' license, but that's just me.

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I think you've got it toe-head!


@Bloodymage - I've split this series of posts out of the thread that you replied to.  Your problem with pdf's is nothing to do with the subject of that thread.


Please try the F1 key again.  Open paint.net so that the main screen is in front of you.  Press the F1 key (top left of your keyboard right next to the Esc key).  


Alternatively, click the little blue question mark in the top right of the paint.net screen.  Then click Help.


Does that take you to the online documentation?


If it doesn't, click this link: http://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/index.html

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